Does Your Child Get Hyperfocused?

“My child can focus on things when he wants to. In fact, when he’s really interested in something, he focuses better than other kids – he’s hyperfocused. He’s the opposite of distracted! I just wish he’d choose to hyperfocus on the important things, like homework.” If you are the parent of a child with ADHD,…

Digital Devices, Family Guidelines and Parental Controls

In recent weeks, the Internet has been buzzing with talk about the impact of smartphone use on child and adolescent mental health following the publication of an open letter to Apple from investors asking the company to, “develop new software tools that would help parents control and limit phone use more easily and to study…

Homework: A Getting Things Done® Approach for Teens with ADHD

For 15 years, Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity, by David Allen, has influenced the way millions of business executives manage their time, keep track of everything they need to accomplish in a day, and maintain their productivity despite constant interruptions. Teens with ADHD aren’t busy executives, but they do have hectic lives…

Too much homework? How parents can help

Does your child or teen spend too much time on homework? Do you find yourself worrying that they are going to bed too late or are overly stressed because the amount of homework they have is overwhelming? Well, you’re not alone. Complaints about homework seem to be at an all-time high, and relate to the…

“Alexa, Please….”

In last week’s post I discussed how digital assistants, like Alexa, can help things run more smoothly at home when you have a child with ADHD. Digital assistants are developing rapidly, and already come with an impressive array of features and functions. Yet, as with all emerging technologies, parents should be on the lookout for…

3 Tips for Getting Back on Track After the Holidays

Are you and your child having a hard time getting back into the swing of things after the holiday break? You’re not alone! The week following the winter holidays is one of the most challenging times of the year for families of kids with ADHD. The excitement and intensity of the holidays, the delicious treats,…

3 Tips for Responding to “It’s Not Fair”

“But, it’s not fair!” This phrase, and the tone that comes with it, is a universal button pusher for parents. It inevitably comes a time when you’re already running low on patience, and calmly engaging in a discussion about the fairness of a situation is the last thing that you want to do. Your child…

Staying on Track During the Holidays

It’s December and your family has finally settled into the rhythm of the school-year. Homework time is firm, and work is getting done (most nights). Your child is getting to bed at a reasonable time, and waking up without too much difficulty in the morning. Finally! But just when you and your child have hit…

Helping Kids with ADHD Manage Big Emotions

Have you noticed that your child or teen with ADHD seems to be “more emotional” than their friends or classmates without ADHD? Are they happier and more excited when something positive happens, and more sad, irritable, angry when something doesn’t go their way? Many kids with ADHD feel their emotions more powerfully than kids without…

Closing the Gap Between Expectations and Abilities in Teens with ADHD

Teens with ADHD are just as different from one another as teens without ADHD. Some are outgoing and some are more shy and introverted, some are perfectionistic while others are happy to rush through their work to get it done, some are creative and some are athletic, some are leaders and some are followers. However,…

Why Do Kids with ADHD Seem to Have Difficulty with Sleep?

For many kids and teens with ADHD, getting a good night’s sleep is a struggle. In fact, up to 70% of kids and teens with ADHD have ongoing sleep problems. These sleep challenges range from having a hard time falling asleep or staying asleep, to having extreme difficulty getting out of bed in the morning…

Is ADHD Real?

More than any other disorder, the legitimacy of a ADHD as a mental health diagnosis is questioned by armchair experts everywhere. Anyone who has ADHD themselves or has a child with ADHD has encountered family members and friends who are more than happy to share their belief that ADHD doesn’t actually exist – “I was…